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Work vs Automation.

Should we or should we not automate as much work as possible? With the current technological advances it wont be long before almost every existing job will/can be automated.

And from a capitalistic viewpoint it makes sense, why have workers when you can have robots that do the work faster, better and cheaper?

And do we really even want to "work" as it's defined today.

There will probably always be the need for humans, but to a lesser and lesser extent.

To get some insights into what's happening with automation today, check http://www.reddit.com/r/automate

And to see some of the jobs that were automated in 2013 read this article by The Washington Post "Eight ways robots stole our jobs in 2013" http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/23/eight-ways-robots-stole-our-jobs-in-2013/

Do you have a job that you think can't be automated or won't be in a long time? Are you "safe"?

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    Jan 22 2014: I believe automation will have negative effects on society in the short term (e.g. loss of jobs) but positive effects can surely come to outweigh them in the long term, of course, as long as the educational system plays a leading role in ''re-shaping'' future generation's minds into a more creative & scientific society, than it is today.

    I prefer seeing 1 machine working for 100 engineers, than 100 low-skilled people working for 1 engineer.

    It's an exaggeration, but you get the point.

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